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Declutter Your Bookshelf! 5 Tips to Kickstart Your Spring Cleaning

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When I was younger, I used to think that spring cleaning was a myth my mom invented to force me to do a lot of housework every year. I still kind of think that, but the myth has stuck: every April I feel this weird itch to clean my house from top to bottom. The cleaning part is easy, I just bust out the vacuum and go to town. The harder part is decluttering, specifically when it comes to my book collection. Because while I don’t really have an emotional attachment to all of those old dresses I toss out each year, books are another story. Voracious readers will understand my pain. Despite my best efforts to not buy any…

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The Key Ways to Reinvent Your Space and Create a Happy Home

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Sometimes a book enters your life at just the right moment. I recently moved into the second floor of a beautiful Victorian home and I was surprised to find that I had more space to work with than ever before—and every room had crown molding! I started brainstorming the most efficient ways that I could fill our space with functional pieces while still maintaining a sense of aesthetic balance. The Mindful Home: The Secrets to Making Your Home a Place of Harmony, Beauty, Wisdom and True Happiness by Dr. Craig and Deirdre Hassed (Exisle Publishing; November 1, 2015) is my go-to guide for learning the importance of objects being beautiful while also being useful. The book opens with a golden…

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6 Simple ways you can declutter and reenergize this summer

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Summer is here and you’re rarin’ to go. You want to give the garage (and maybe the attic) a thorough cleaning. You’ve been promising yourself for years that it’ll get done and now’s the time. And yet, there you sit, totally unmotivated. Perhaps you still have some lingering cobwebs from the brutal winter. Or maybe you’re facing the all-too-common Catch-22: You can’t relax until you’ve cleaned up a bit but you can’t seem to find the time – or the necessary motivation – to get started. Well, there are ways to light a fire. Believe it or not, the whole process of decluttering can be very Zen-like, simply because you can tie together the mind and the living space. Clear everything…

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